Where it Begins: The Radio 1, 1Xtra & Asian Network Placement


Applications for these placements are currenty closed.

If you have already applied and are successful through to the next stage, assessments and interviews will take place in May 2018.

6 x 8 week placements will be based at Radio 1, 1Xtra & Asian Networks’s  HQ, New Broadcasting House London.

At Radio 1, 1Xtra & Asian Network you’ll work with our teams across shows and departments, learning about everything we do and how we do it. From daily shows to music sessions to live events you will get a chance to experience it all. 


  • Passionate about music and content making and are doing something about it?
  • Already making your own podcast, broadcasting radio programmes, writing your own blogs or making your own films?
  • The sort of person who has ‘get up and go’ and can get stuff done?


  • Want to get hands on experience across all areas of Radio 1, 1Xtra and Asian Network, from live events to programmes, to online and visualisation?
  • Want the chance to receive industry standard training from the BBC Academy?
  • Want a chance to share your creative ideas with programme teams across Radio 1,1Xtra and the wider BBC?


Our paid 8 week placements will give you the chance to work across our shows and departments. You'll get hands on skills at the heart of BBC Radio 1, 1Xtra & Asian Network HQ.

We are currently recruiting for two placement periods:

Monday 2nd July – Friday 24th August & 15th October-Friday 7th December 2018

About you


  • Be creative and brilliant, passionate about radio, music and everything that appeals to a young audience.
  • Know about current music and you’ll be listening to Radio 1, 1Xtra and/or Asian Network
  • Be into new technology and social media and will get how this is impacting on us and our audience.
  • Be 18 or over and available to work across London for the 8 weeks of the placement.
  • Be from any background, and any part of the UK. You don’t need to be a loud mouth! You could be quietly confident in your abilities.


  • Be qualified! NB. You DON’T NEED any qualifications or radio experience. Instead, show us that you have a big imagination and a genuine enthusiasm for exploring and building a career in the media.
  • Want to be the next Greg James, Clara Amfo or Charlie Sloth. This is an 'off air' scheme, for people interested in careers in off air digital production roles. It is NOT a scheme for people interested in presenting.


More detail about the Placements

At the start of the placement, you will be set a Radio 1,1Xtra & Asian Network research brief to prepare and develop across the 8 weeks. You will then present your findings and ideas to senior management at the end of the placement. This could be on anything, from how we use social media to comedy. We will give you creative and insight training to help you with this project. You'll have regular meetings with teams to develop your ideas.

During your time here you will also have a mentor. They will be a senior member of the Radio 1,1Xtra & Asian Network team who will spend time with you every week to discuss how your placement is going as well as your future plans.

During your time at Radio 1,1Xtra & Asian Network you will work with teams across both stations, spending blocks of time in different departments. You will take part in meetings and brainstorms across R1, 1X & AN and complete a range of duties for production teams prior to and during live shows.

Hours across the placement will mainly be 10-6pm Monday to Friday. However we are 24/7 stations and keen that our interns experience and get involved with as much as possible. We are looking for flexible people who will be able to work weekends or alternative hours on request.


When does it start and how long is it?

We are currently recruiting for the following placements:

Monday 2nd July – Friday 24th August & 15th October-Friday 7th December 2018

How will I be employed?

You will be employed on an eight week BBC fixed-term contract.

What will I be paid?

The training rate is £20,800 per annum plus a London allowance of £4,560 as the placements are based in the capital - this will be pro rata’d to the 8 weeks of your placement.

You will be paid on the 15th of each month, directly into your bank account.

Where will I be based?

You will be based in Radio 1, 1Xtra & Asian Network’s HQ in central London. You may be required to travel to other BBC bases for projects and training but this will be ad hoc and your expenses will be covered.

What support will I get during my placement?

During your time at Radio 1, 1Xtra & Asian Network you will also have a mentor. They will be a senior member of the Radio 1, 1Xtra & AN team who will spend time regularly to discuss how your placement is going as well as your future plans.

Will I be on air?

You should presume that you will not be on air as this is an off air scheme. Whilst you are here, you will become part of production teams so there may be occasions where, like them, you can be heard on air or seen online but this is not a certainty.

If I’m unsuccessful will I be able to get feedback on my application?

Due to the number of anticipated applications we won’t be able to offer feedback on unsuccessful applications. If you get to the interview stage and are unsuccessful at that point, we will provide you with feedback.

Can I choose the shows I work on?

Our interns will work across many departments and with a number of production teams rather than one specific show. We’ll take your interests and areas of expertise into account when tailoring your schedule.

What hours will I work?

You will be expected to work 35 hours a week and this is likely to be Monday to Friday 10am-6pm with an hour’s lunch break. However working patterns will be subject to change depending on the projects and shows you work on and the fact that we are a 24/7 station.

Will I get holiday?

As you will be employed on a fixed term contract for eight weeks you will accrue four days of annual leave to be taken during your placement.

Will I be offered training?

You will receive ‘in house’ training by the various teams you will work with as necessary to enable you to complete work across the networks.

I’m not available for these dates, will there be more placements on offer at a later date?

We open the applications once a year for two placement waves. The next opportunity will be in 2019

Will I get a job after my placement?

This is offered as an eight week placement and there is no job at the end of it. Whilst you are here you will gain experience across both stations and will make contacts at the BBC and the wider media industry.

How can I find out more about past interns?

You can check out the former interns tumblr feed here: http://r11xinterns.tumblr.com/ and have a look at their BBC College of Production report here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/academy/production/article/art20140915125012384

You can also search the Radio 1 and 1Xtra YouTube channels for more features.